The Houston Baptist Huskies (3-21, 3-12 SthLnd) will travel to Johnson Coliseum to go head-to-head with the Sam Houston State Bearkats (17-10, 10-6 SthLnd) in their home finale. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 22, 2020.
Houston Baptist Huskies vs. Sam Houston State Bearkats Betting Preview
In the Huskies’ last matchup, they were beaten by the Abilene Christian Wildcats, 82-68. Houston Baptist’s Ian DuBose put together a solid game, leading the team in scoring with 18 points on 4-for-10 shooting. Abilene Christian had a turnover percentage of 13.8 (better than their season average of 17.3). Houston Baptist, on the other hand, did an excellent job of getting and making free throws (30-38; 78.9 percent).
The Bearkats are hoping for a better outcome after their 77-65 loss to the Lamar Cardinals in their last outing. Kai Mitchell was Sam Houston State’s high scorer with 17 points on 7-for-13 shooting. Lamar’s 0.237 free throw rate was their biggest strength over Sam Houston State, who had a mark of 0.077. The Cardinals’ mark was below their season average of 0.237, while the Bearkats’ was below their season average of 0.230.
These two schools have already met once this season. The Bearkats won 95-75. The Bearkats’ turnover percentage was their biggest strength over the Huskies. Sam Houston State had a rate of 15.2, while Houston Baptist posted a mark of 21.4. Nutall was a standout player in the game, producing 23 points and seven rebounds.
There could be a fair amount of transition offense in this battle that showcases two of the country’s more fast-breaking teams. Sam Houston State ranks 12th in possessions per game (75.3) and Houston Baptist is second (77.8). Furthermore, the Huskies rank 325th in turnover percentage (21.9 percent), while the Bearkats rank 10th in opponents’ turnover percentage (24.7 percent).
Houston Baptist at Sam Houston State Odds Prediction
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Sam Houston State, ATS Winner – Sam Houston State, O/U – Over
The Huskies rank 143rd in three pointers allowed per game (21.5) while the Bearkats rank 233rd (24.2).
Sam Houston State averages 3.0 blocks per game, which ranks 127th in the nation. Houston Baptist ranks 162nd in blocks allowed per game (4.2).
Sam Houston State ranks 11th in assists per game (16.4) while Houston Baptist ranks 273rd in assists allowed per game (19.3).
The Bearkats average 9.3 steals per game, which ranks 10th in the NCAA. The Huskies rank 222nd in steals allowed per game (8.9).
Sam Houston State ranks 146th in rebounds allowed per game (35.0) while Houston Baptist ranks 248th (37.6).
The Bearkats’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 1.0, down from 7.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Huskies have scored an average of 72.4 points per game (7.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 82.2 points per game (13.3 below their season average).